MANILA—As he buckles down on cleaning the Philippine capital's image, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno hopes to sustain the changes he made in his first week in office.
"The impossible was made possible.The next challenge is... The next impossible thing is can we sustain it?" he told "Bandila."
Moreno earned praise for clearing illegal vendors and clogged streets in Manila, which are often blamed for the city's garbage and traffic problems.
The mayor said they will come up with an infrastructure project to relocate displaced street vendors.
"It will take time, if we are not going to address the situation, then there is no change," he said.
"Why elect a new leader kung wala pa rin namang bago, ang bago lang pala eh puwesto."
Asked about the supposed criticism of Jerika Estrada Ejercito on the plight of vendors following the clearing operations, he had this to say.
"Good luck," he said on Ejercito, daughter of former Manila City Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada.
Ejercito ran as councilor for the city's fourth district, but lost in the midterm polls. Meanwhile, Estrada lost to Moreno by almost 150,000 votes.
Moreno had said that past administrations pocketed bribes from illegal vendors and reiterated Monday his allegation about such scheme.
"Kaya sabi ko sa inyo, hindi totoo na may ilang tao diyan na nagsasabi na para sila sa mahirap, hindi. Gustong-gusto nilang nandidiyan ang mga vendor para sa ganoon magatasan nila," he said.
Moreno called on Manileños to cooperate to implement the changes he promised during the elections.
"Walang magmamalasakit sa ating mga batang Maynila, kundi tayo ring kapwa batang Maynila," he said.